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to become the nation's defense secretary. the vietnam vet will testify before the senate armed services committee in just about 30 minutes. he won't have an easy time of it. critics painted hagel as anti-israel, homophobic and way too weak on iran. there have been even anti-hagel ads paid for by anonymous donors. >> while president obama says all options are on the table for preventing a nuclear iran, hagel says military action is not a viable, feasible, responsible option. >> chris lawrence is at the pentagon and chris hagel was also accused of wanting to gut the defense department so what kind of day do you think is on tap for him? >> carol, it's likely to be a pretty rough one. with avenue got word from insiders haguele is going to testify that the militant group hezbollah is a terrorist organization and that military options are on the table for iran. it's not earth-shattering, except when you compare it to what he's already said. chuck hagel's past is about to come roaring back at him. >> good morning, guys, how are you. >> reporter: how he's voted, what he said. >> he has insisted
from a receiver, and what's a hit that's too hard. in football, defensive backs are taught to separate the wide receivers from the ball. that requires a lot of contact. we certainly don't want to see guys hurt. we certainly want safety to be a priority. but you have to understand the nature of the game. i think when you're a police officer, you understand what your job is. when you're a fireman, you understand what your job is. there are hazards and risks that go with it. when you sign that contract and put a uniform on, you may wind up waking up like i do every morning taking a lot more time out to get out of bed to make sure all the sore parts get working in the right way. >> joe theismann, thanks for joining us. >> thank you for having me. >>> and on the eve of super bowl xlvii, cnn is live in new orleans with our take on the biggest sporting event in the country. what it means to the city, how it became such a cultural phenomenon, and more. we welcome rachel nicholls as she hosts "kickoff in new orleans," a cnn bleacher report special, this afternoon 4:00 p.m. eastern. >>> should a
, self-defense. despite that fact congress banned and sale of hundreds of semiautomatic firearms and magazines. independent studies including one from the clinton justice department proved that it had no impact on lowering crime. when it comes to background checks, let's be honest. background checks will never be universal because criminals will never submit to them. there are a lot of things that can be done and we ask you to join with us. the nra is made up of millions of americans who support what works. the immediate protection for all, not just some of our schoolchildren is what's needed and swift, certain punishment of criminals who misuse guns and fixing our mental health system. we love our families. we love our country. we believe in freedom. we're the millions from all walks of life that take responsibility for our safety and protection as a god given fundamental american right. thank you. mr. chairman? >> thank you. now, chief johnson, let me begin with you, sir, if i could. from my experience many criminals are able to get guns illegally because they use straw purchas
they are talking about, and there are photographs that had a whole other side of jodi arias. arias' defense is self defense. that's what she said. she said this was a tough relationship, that he was a sex maniac that threatened her with bodily harm, but a bullet casing and camera may tell a different story in the courtroom. and then there are the lies, one after the other that this woman told police. our sister network, hln has more. >> reporter: jodi arias could join three other women sitting on arizona's death row if found guilty as charged. the state carries out all post 1992 convictions byl lethal injection, and its courts gave the green light for witnesses to observe the entire execution process including insertion of the iv. the state is said to have only enough supply of the drug to carry out one more execution before it is forced to find another method. stokley was put to death last month, and they delivered the iv by cutting into his groin area. that's standard when they find problems getting an iv into the arm. the only woman to be executed in the state's history, ava dugan was put to dea
long day of tough questions for president obama's defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. one of the most contentious moments came when senator john mccain asked whether the 2007 surge troop in iraq was successful. >> the question is, were you right or wrong? that's a pretty straightforward question. i would like you to answer whether you are right or wrong and then you are free to elaborate. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer on a lot of things. >> let the record show that you refuse to answer that question. now, please go ahead. >> well, if you would like me to explain why -- >> no, i actually would like an answer. yes or no. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no. >> another hot topic at the hearing today, it was a 2006 interview that hagel gave to former middle east peace negotiator, erin david miller. now, in that interview, hagel said this. "the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here." now, today of that comment about the "jewish lobby," hagel said categorically, i regret it. >> i've already said i regret referencing the jewish lobby.
say she shot and killed her boyfriend in self-defense. and it seems the jurors have a lot of questions about the evidence. so what does it mean for this accused killer? we'll ask nancy grace. [ male announcer ] what are happy kids made of? bikes and balloons, wholesome noodles on spoons. a kite, a breeze, a dunk of grilled cheese. catches and throws, and spaghettio's. that's what happy kids are made of. campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. so i used my citi thankyou card to pick up some accessories. a new belt. some nylons. and what girl wouldn't need new shoes? and with all the points i've been earning, i was able to get us a flight to our favorite climbing spot even on a holiday weekend. ♪ things are definitely looking up. [ male announcer ] with no blackout dates, you can use your citi thankyou points to travel whenever you want. visit citi.com/thankyoucards to apply. or that printing in color had to cost a fortune. nobody said an all-in-one had to be bulky. or that you had to print from your desk. at least, nobody said it to us. introducing the business smart inkjet all-in-
now. >>> guns, immigration, defense, the battle lines are drawn. and the first fights are being fought over the president's second term agenda. former congresswoman gabrielle giffords returns to testify on gun control. her husband, former astronaut, mark kelly, tells me how she prepared for that emotional event. >>> and sunday super bowl, featuring a rivalry between two brothers. we want to welcome our viewers from around the world. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room". >> we're a little over a week away from president obama's state of the union address before congress. but the battles over many of the president's top priorities already are in full swing on capitol hill. both the president and lawmakers started a new push for immigration. this past week, also featured contentious hearings on u.s. defense policy and on slowing the epidemic of gun violence in america. we'll take a closer look at guns, first beginning with vice president joe biden's admission after meeting with democratic lawmakers on capitol hill. >> nothing we're going to do is going to fundamentally alter o
. >>> chuck hagel got the nod today to be the next secretary of defense. stanley mcchrystal and michael hayden both say hagel is a fine choice. hagel earned two purple hearts in the vietnam war, his confirmation hearing is set to begin thursday. >>> japan has launched two surveillance satellites to help keep an eye on north korea. defense officials are threatening to carry out a nuclear test and more long range rocket launches. the u.s. security council expanded sanctions against north korea this week and condemned the country for last month's launch. >>> 233 people killed in a nightclub fire in southeast brazil. some burned to death, some were trampled, some overcome by smoke. it happened when the jam packed nightclub suddenly caught fire aeb many of these victims didn't stand a chance. on the scene right now, rescuers are still picking through the burned rubble, cnn's shasta darlington. >> reporter: smoke filled the air when the first firefighters entered the nightclub. where shirtless men were already trying to rescue some of the injured. emergency vehicles arrived not realizing the extent
of tough questions for president obama's defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. one of the most contentious moments came when senator john mccain asked whether the 2007 surge troop in iraq was successful. >> the question is, were you right or wroeng? that's a pretty straightforward question. i would like you to answer whether you are right or wrong and then you are free to elaborate. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer on a lot of things. >> let the record show that you refuse to answer that question. now, please go ahead. >> well, if you would like me to explain why -- >> no, i actually would like an answer. yes or no. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no. >> another hot topic at the hearing today, it was a 2006 interview that hagel gave to former middle east peace negotiator, erin david miller. now, in that interview, hagel said this. "the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here." now, today of that comment about the "jewish lobby," hagel said categorically, i regret it. >> i've already said i regret referencing the jewish lobby. i should have said pro
ability to perform our mission. >> as one of his final acts as defense secretary, leon panetta announced a watershed change in policy. once banned, women will be allowed to fight on the front lines in battle. the announcement opens up 237,000 positions that were previously closed to women despite the fact that many were unofficially functioning in those roles already. joining me now to talk about this is zoey badell. she is one of the plaintiffs in the aclu lawsuit to allow women to fugt ight on the front line. are you pleased with this decision? even though potentially not all of the positions will be open to women, some could remain closed. >> absolutely. this is a positive step forward. and we want to see how this steps up. this is a huge step in the right direction. and we're glad it's happened. >> one of the things that has gotten a lot of attention ever since this announcement and even well before this, sexual assault, certainly a concern for female troops. not just by enemy troops, we know that, but among their own ranks. i want to share some numbers with our viewers this morning.
," not so friendly fire on capitol hill. a long day of tough questions for president obama's defense secretary nominee, chuck hagel. it was his senate confirmation hearing. and up with of the most contentious moments came when hagel's old friend, and former colleague, senator john mccain, asked whether the 2007 u.s. troop surge in iraq, which you may recall, hagel had called, in his words, the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam, he asked whether that surge had ultimately been successful. >> the question is, were you right or wrong? that's a pretty straightforward question. i would like to answer whether you were right or wrong, and then you are free to elaborate. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer on a lot of things. >> let the record show that you refuse to answer that question. now, please go ahead. >> well, if you would like me to explain why -- >> no, i actually would like an answer. yes or no. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no. >> another hot topic at the hearing today, it was a 2006 interview that hagel gave to fo
building. >>> "outfront," brooks versus brooks. peter brooks, former assistant secretary of defense in the bush administration, rosa brooks, former assistant secretary of defense in the obama administration, pretty perfect, guys. rose sa, i want to start with you on this issue of language and what this country calls a terror attack and what it doesn't. obviously it appears after benghazi it was not as clear as it was today. i wanted to play an exchange that happened between state department folks person victoria nuland and a reporter a week after the attack on the american consulate in benghazi. >> does the united states government regard what happened in benghazi as an act of terror? >> again, i'm not going to put labels on this until we have a complete investigation. okay? >> you don't regard it as an act of terrorism? >> i don't think we know enough. >> all right, heroes sa is what jay carney said today about the attack in turkey. >> a suicide bombing on the perimeter of an embassy is by definition an act of terror, it as terrorist attack. >> it seems like that's a pretty direct
, brooks versus brooks. peter brooks, former assistant deputy secretary of defense in the bush administration and rosa brooks, former assistant secretary of defense in the obama administration, pretty perfect, guys. rosa, i want to start with you on this issue of language and what this country calls a terror attack and what it doesn't. obviously it appears after benghazi it was not as clear as it was today. i wanted to play an exchange that happened between state department spokesperson victoria nuland and a reporter a week after the attack on the american consulate in benghazi. >> does the united states government regard what happened in benghazi as an act of terror? >> again, i'm not going to put labels on this until we have a complete investigation. okay? >> you don't regard it as an act of terrorism? >> i don't think we know enough. i don't think we know enough. >> all right, here, rosa, is what jay carney said today about the attack in turkey. >> a suicide bombing on the perimeter of an embassy is by definition an act of terror, it is a terrorist attack. >> it seems like t
-old arizona woman win over jurors. her defense begins presenting its case today. arias is accused of murdering travis alexander. you see a photo of them there, a victim of multiple brutalities, his throat was slashed. he was shot in the face. he was stabbed 29 times. police say arias told multiple lies during their investigation. after telling them she hadn't seen alexander for more than a month before he died, she then said a man and woman killed him and threatened her. so that would put her there. listen. >> were they going after travis? for what reason? you tell me this, but you give me no reason. >> didn't discuss much, just argued. >> about what? >> about whether or not to kill me. >> for what reason? >> because i'm a witness. >> a witness of what? >> him, of travis. >> travis' murder? >> yeah, but i didn't really witness it. didn't see much. >> i want to bring in defense attorney joey jackson. with different versions here, really different stories coming from the defendant, at this point what's the basis of her defense? >> all right, well, she's going to do this, poppy. what she's going
with the prices. what to you use your guns for? target practice? >> target practice, self-defense, hunting. ten years ago i could buy 1,000 rounds for $100 and now it's nearly 50 cents a round. 1,000 rounds would go up $600. >> reporter: the crowd does not only include avid gun buyers but people who have never been to a gun show. >> a lot of first-time gun buyers. they just want to defend themselves. they're not interested in stockpiling guns or ammo. they want one gun and one box of ammo to defend themselves. >> reporter: there were a litny of other items to take home, very much like a county fair. the licensed vendors we saw were conducting background checks as required by federal law and also private sales taking place between individuals which do not require a background check and that was a concern for some of the vendors with a federal firearms license. >> if you go to a license ffl, you have to do a background check where you sit down, we get your i.d. and we call you in. if you're a felon or crazy, you don't get a gun. but in the state of georgia if an individual sells you a gun, no one
for defense secretary is on the defensive. you're going to see all of this playing out live. >>> also, deadly storms and springlike tornadoes give way to a deep freeze wild weather from the deep south all the way up to new england. i want to take you to capitol hill now. and a former senator who was loved and admired by colleagues on both sides of the aisle, that was until he was tapped by president obama to head the pentagon. chuck hagel is a little over 90 minutes into a senate confirmation hearing. but he's generally expected to survive. but if you remember that virtual lovefest a week ago, that was john kerry's hearing for secretary of state, this is not like that. cnn's chief congressional correspondent dana bash is watching the hearings. and dana, i was watching some of your reporting earlier on. as these hearings began to unfold starting at 9:30 this morning. you said stoic, i you described the panel. you these were long-term old friends who had a very different tenor in this room today? >> that's right. and i think at least early on, the statement, opening statement from the top repub
for jodi arias sea shy shot and killed her boyfriend in self-defense. seems the jurors have a lot of questions about the evidence. what does it mean for this accused killer? i'll ask nancy grace. [ female announcer ] born from the sweet monk fruit, something this delicious could only come from nature. new nectresse. the 100% natural no-calorie sweetener made from the goodness of fruit. new nectresse. sweetness naturally. begins with back pain and a choice. take advil, and maybe have to take up to four in a day. or take aleve, which can relieve pain all day with just two pills. good eye. to tell real people about our new 15 under $15 menu! oh my goodness... oh my gosh, this looks amazing... [ male announcer ] 15 entrees under $15! it's our new maine stays! seafood, chicken, and more! ooh! the tilapia with roasted vegetables. i'm actually looking at the wood grilled chicken with portobello wine sauce. that pork chop was great. no more fast food friday's. we're going to go to red lobster... [ male announcer ] come try our new menu and sea food differently. and introducing 7 lunch cho
. >> they are members of the 820th base defense group from air assault, to ground combat, the group does it all. and that includes the women. their medics, their intelligence officers, their police officers. their current mission? >> to be a first in combat ready group. >> unlike the rest of the air force, we get to go outside the y. >> we have 137 individuals assi assign to our team, 99 of which are women. each and every one of the mission sets across the group are open to every individual that we have assigned here. regardless of gender, regardless of race. >> until this week, this opportunity was allowed only for the air force. but with secretary of defense leon panetta lifting the ban that kept women from serving in frontline combat positions, all the women will be there serving side-by-side with men. >> we have four different air force combat action medal recipients, three purple heart recipients and as well as four of our ladies have been entered the wounded warrior program. they all perform wonderfully across the board. >> it's amazing what you can do with the adrenalin is pumping, you t
, the death toll keeps rising. i spoke to the coordinator of civil defense a short while ago, he said 90. when i called him back, he confirmed 220 bodies pulled out. the vast majority killed from asphyxiation, breathing in the smoke, not the flames themselves, the lights went out and people didn't know where to turn. a lot of them locked themselves in the bathroom. hid in corners. found people just looking for any place they could, or bodies sort of piled up in the corners of the establishment, randi. >> are investigators still on the scene? i'm curious what else they might be finding? >> they are, randi. they are digging through the rubble. they want to find any and all bodies, any survivors. three local hospitals and they said they had more than 50 people with injuries. other hospitals have more. to make sure everyone is getting the care they need and they find all of the victims. and the real hard work will begin trying to discover the cause of this and why they couldn't get people out in time, randi. >> do we know anything about the fire alarm system, whether or not the doors were locked?
of revenge would be exacted upon those who perpetrated it. here's what defense secretary leon panetta told me what he would do against al qaeda in mali. >> we've got to go after al qaeda wherever the hell they're at. and make sure they find no place to hide. because let's not forget the main goal of al qaeda is to attack the united states. we've got to go after them. in yemen, in somalia, and yes, in mali if necessarily. >> he says, go after wherever the hell they're at, whether that be yemen, somalia, or mali. jay carney though from the white house, really much more tentati tentative. here's what he said just this week. >> wear working with france and support their effort in mali. and believe that the goal of preventing terrorists safe haven is an important one. >> general clark, going after al qaeda wherever the hell they're at is very different than, we are working with france. >> well, not necessarily, erin. first of all, we have the africa command there, they're working very closely with french counterparts and british counterparts who are part of this. obviously the intelligence communi
those who perpetrated it. here's what defense secretary leon panetta told me what he would do against al qaeda in mali. >> we've got to go after al qaeda wherever the hell they're at. and make sure they find no place to hide. because let's not forget the main goal of al qaeda is to attack the united states. we've got to go after them. in yemen, in somalia, and yes, in mali if necessarily. >> he says, go after wherever the hell they're at, whether that be yemen, somalia, or mali. jay carney though from the white house, really much more tentative. here's what he said just this week. >> wear working with france and support their effort in mali. and believe that the goal of preventing terrorists safe haven is an important one. >> general clark, going after al qaeda wherever the hell they're at is very different than, we are working with france. >> well, not necessarily, erin. first of all, we have the africa command there, they're working very closely with french counterparts and british counterparts who are part of this. obviously the intelligence community is working together with its alli
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. that's it for me. now to washington to my friend wolf blitzer. >> >>> a very tough day for defense secretary chuck hagel. >>> also, an unfolding scandal involving a united states senator denying allegations of prostitution and free plane trips. >>> eight "new york times" reveals its been under attacks for months by someone in china. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we were bracing for fireworks at today's confirmation hearing for defense secretary nominee chuck hagel but it actually turned out to be even a lot tougher than many of us expected. republicans grilled hagel raising serious questions about his past statements and positions, especially about israel and iran. at times, hagel seemed to struggle to answer some of those tough questions and other times he gave answers he later had to clarify. let's go to our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin. jessica, it was a tough, tough day for chuck hagel? >> reporter: so far it has been, wolf. chuck was battered by republicans, forcing some stumbles and bruising. so far, no knockout blow but the day of questi
facing defense secretary nominee chuck hagel a at his confirmation hearing happening now. is hagel urging the senate armed services committee to focus on his present, not past comments? in his opening statement he tried to set the record straight. >> during the is it years i had the privilege of serving the people of nebraska in the united states senate i cast over 3,000 votes. hundreds of committee votes. i have also a given hundreds of interviews and speeches and written a book. so as you all know, i am on the record. i am on the record on many issues, but no one individual vote, no one individual quote, no one individual statement defines me. my beliefs, my record. my overall world view has never changed. that america has and must maintain the strongest military in the world, that we must lead in the international community to confront threats and challenges together. and take advantage of opportunities together. that we must use all our tools of american power to protect our citizens and our interests. >> i want to bring in dana bash from capitol hill along with fran townsend who's ba
the field. >> so maybe the best defense against this, forgive the pun, but is other players like pressuring players like culliver to maybe change their minds. >> absolutely. brendan ayanbadejo has been a tremendous advocate as chris clucl kluitt of the minnesota vikings. another player of the vikings came out in opposing gay marriage. if you have an issue and engage in it civilly that's one thing but if you defame a member of the group there has to be zero tolerance. the nfl should be embarrassed, horribly embarrassed by this. if it were jews or blacks or any other group, he would be fired from the team. that's what they need to do in terms of taking a strong stance. >> michael angelo, sirius xm radio radio and "huffington post" contributor thank you for joining us. >> thank you, carol. >>> baltimore fans are crazy! >>. ♪ oh, oh, oh, oh >> we're in drinking town with a football problem. ♪ oh, oh, uh-oh >> it's raven-sanity, a 4/7 condition.  >>> i know san francisco fans are crazy for the 49ers but there's something different about the fans in baltimore. when i say they love their r
to learn the hospital's defense. >> how many people does a hospital say you lost that day? >> one. >> since they weren't born, they weren't people. they did not qualify as a person. >> that's right. catholic health initiatives has argued that under colorado law, to be a person one must at some point have been born alive. a glaring contradiction to catholic church teachings which says begins as the conception. catholic officials said in a statement in this case as catholic organizations we are in union with the moral teachings of the church. that doesn't add up if this case. as a catholic organization, the hospital is supposed to follow the chunk's teachings laid out in the ethical and religious directives from the u.s. council of bishops. no abortions, no contraceptives, nos direct sterilization and it clearly states, cath hick health ministry witnesses to the sangity of life from the moment of conception until death. while the moral debate continues so does jeremy's legal battle. after he lost in the lower courts, the defense lawyers for the doctors and the hospital owned by catholic healt
been around for 100 years. they're the most popular guns for hunting, target shooting, self-defense. despite this fact, congress banned the manufacture and sale of hundreds of semi-automatic firearms and magazines from '94 to 2004. independent studies, including one from the clinton justice department, proved that had no impact on lowering crime. when it comes to background checks, let's be honest, background checks will never be universal because criminals will never submit to them. there are a lot of things that can be done and we ask you to join with us. the nra is made up of millions of americans who support what works. the immediate protection of all, not just our schoolchildren, is what is needed and swift surround punishment of criminals who misuse guns and fixing our mental health system. >> lapierre has been arguing for gun rights for a very long time. and he was around for the first nationwide assault weapons ban, which expired eight years ago. we have tape, actually, back from the early 1990s of him and senator dianne feinstein, who introduced a proposal for a new ban on
in the basement of a neighboring building. >>> a grueling day for chuck hagel. the choice for secretary of defense spent much of the day on the defensive with senators grilling hagel on his statements on israel and iran. this was not pretty. was it enough to secure a cabinet position? here is cnn's chris lawrence. >> they attacked chuck hagel from all sides. >> why do you think the iranian foreign ministry so strongly supports your nomination for secretary of defense? >> give me an example where we've been intim dated by the israeli jewish lobby to do something dumb? >> at time he stumbled through his answers and had to repeatedly correct himself. >> i have just been handed a note that i misspoke. >> reporter: leading one senator to say -- >> i want to clarify the clarify. >> reporter: in the muddle, some things became clear. hagel supports a negotiated reductions in america's nuclear weapons. he'll push for spouses of gay and lesbian troops to receive benefits and he believes the u.s. should talk with iran about its nuclear program. >> that's not negotiation. engagement is not appeasement. >> rep
of battle, as soon as the final acts of defense secretaries, one of the final acts of defense secretary leon panetta that this week lifted a ban of unit in combat units. but for one combat unit in the air force this is nothing new. their women have been side by side with men fighting on the ground for more than a decade. that story will air an hour from now on cnn, and we'll debate that an hour from now, one guest says they shouldn't do it. and that is a woman. "the situation room" begins now with wolf blitzer. >>> a senator who experienced the horror of bullets and blood launches a fight to ban military-style weapons. >>> plus, joe biden's aha moment as vice president. and would he run against hillary clinton? stand by for our exclusive interview. >>> and we'll take you behind the scenes of hillary clinton's world and get an insider's take on whether or not she will run for president again. we want to welcome our viewers from the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we begin with the national fight over guns and gun violence, the obama admini
. the reason though was largely due to cuts in defense spending, which plunged from a year ago. all the economists we spoke to say a underlying numbers show the economy is still growing. a huge segment of the economy and today, defense secretary nominee chuck hagel indicate ede is ready to act in iran. he said the window is closing for diplomacy in iran and said all options are on the table for u.s. strategies for dealing with the committee. come under fire critics who say he hasn't been tough enough on iran, but what he said there mirrors what's been said by everyone else. john avlon writes why those critics are outside the mainstream. not chuck hagel. >>> it's been 545 days since is u.s. lost its top credit rating. the federal reserve says blame it on the rain. they say economic growth has paused in recent months and blames the weather. the committee says it will continue its bond buying program. >>> and our fourth story "outfront," the voices of newtown. right now, family and friends of the town's devastating shooting are speaking before the final hearing of the connecticut legis
, the upcoming confirmation hearing for defense secretary nominee chuck hagel, john mccain live this hour. >>> plus, a royal shake-up. a queen announces she's abdicating. her country is about to get a new king. >>> i'm wolf blitzer. >>> i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> a new push to tackle one of the most contentious issues facing washington. just about 90 minutes or so ago, a bipartisan group of senators laid out a framework for an immigration reform bill. this comes as the white house is working on its own immigration bill and president obama will address the issue tomorrow in las vegas. the bipartisan senate plan includes a path to citizenship, but illegal immigrants will have to undergo a background check and pay a fine and back taxes before gaining legal status in the united states. all that is contingent on securing borders. the proposal provides for increased use of drones, more personnel and improved infrastructure and it would create an employment verification system and improve the process for admitting needed workers. c
it means for the health of the economy and the jobs market. >> and the defense secretary nominee on the defensive. chuck hagel grilled on capitol hill. did he blow his shot to convince lawmakers that he's the right man for the job? >> friday, february 1st, and "starting point" begins right now. >>> welcome, everybody. breaking news, we start with. two people have died, several people wounded in explosion that has taken place outside the u.s. embassy in ankara, turkey. chris lawrence joins us from the pentagon. >> reporter: good morning, soledad. not much information right now. turkey authorities are responding to that scene, trying to collect more information. the blast happened just a short while ago, some. news reports out of that area, saw a big flash, heard a big bang. reports of several people wounded near a side gate of the embassy. we're waiting for more information, the u.s., of course, has two major air bases in turkey no, where near the capit capital. soledad. >> thank you, chris, for watching this story. >>> also, we told you just moments ago, the former new york city
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of a weapon. >>> it appears chuck hagel will be confirmed as secretary of defense. one of his first big projects will be integrating women into the front line positions in combat. how's this likely to roll out and where are the fault lines? >> i think it is the sheer physicality of some of these jobs. now, what has happened here is the pentagon chief, currently leon panetta, has said here's the deal, women are now able to be in the front lines in combat. you have time, he says to the military to come back and tell me if women should be excluded from certain jobs. here is the idea r you have to have -- in special ops, in particular, there are huge physical challenges, even for the fittest of men. the question whether women who biologically have less upper body strength, can qualify and use the same qualifications as men. now, clearly, there are some women who can, but we will see over the next six months or so if anyone comes back and says i just don't think this is a job that a female can do but i think he expect a pretty easy transition. as we know, women have been in combat in terms o
not carry over here. >> let me ask each of you about the cut-backs on defense. this seems crucial to me. i don't know if you saw the "wall street journal" had an op-ed saying why the french can't fight. provocative title and they backed it up with the facts that they pulled. they have a point of view but they note that the french are deploying into mali right now with barely half the vehicles that they had four years ago. there have been so many cut-backs in the french military. barney frank always used to tell me they're freeloading off the u.s. everyone freeloads off the u.s. military but if we start cutting back dramatically are we going to end up in a situation where we can't fight a traditional war, the only thing worse than having to be the country that bears the security risk for the whole world is not being able to do it? >> let me jump in here because quite frankly, that goes to the essence of why we have a government and our senior leadership as we discuss these fiscal cuts needs to get to the heart of why we have a government in the first place. if you go back to the preamble of
each of you about the cut-backs on defense. this seems crucial to me. i don't know if you saw the "wall street journal" had an op-ed saying why the french can't fight. provocative title and they backed it up with the facts that they pulled. they have a point of view but they note that the french are deploying into mali right now with barely half the vehicles that they had four years ago. there have been so many cut-backs in the french military. barney frank always used to tell me they're freeloading off the u.s. everyone freeloads off the u.s. military but if we start cutting back dramatically are we going to end up in a situation where we can't fight a traditional war, the only thing worse than having to be the country that bears the security risk for the whole world is not being able to do it? >> let me jump in here because quite frankly, that goes to the essence of why we have a government and our senior leadership as we discuss these fiscal cuts needs to get to the heart of why we have a government in the first place. if you go back to the preamble of the constitution, it states tha
, greg? >> for a while, yeah. i think on march 1 we begin at least on defense and discretionary spending. if there's enough sidewalking maybe by late spring, early sum eshg it gets undone. we'll have that. there's still some headwinds. there's this and the higher payroll tax. maybe first-half growth would be a little slow but i think the storm is sending us a message that by the second half things could be looking much better. >> this week, austin, we moved closer to the automatic across the board spending cuts, the sequester that president obama promised us would never happen. listen a few months ago. >> first of all, the sequester is not something that i propose, it's something congress has po pro-posed. it will not happen. >> i don't know, austin. that could be the one election promise the president fails to keep, the sequester a critical part of the fiscal cliff punt that delayed a new year's decision on those cut on march 1st. what is if the sequester happens? >> well, in fairness, i think that cliff was about the that the sequester would not happen on january 1st, because he was sa
legitimatically for self-defense, more often than not, as jason whitlock said, they exceacerbate our flaws and then i would have said at the end. whitlock said and i quoted him directly and said three times in the 90 seconds, as whitlock said, as whitlock wrote, he said this is what i, jason whitlock believe. if javon belcher did not possess a gun -- look, unlike what some people said, i live on this plan and i realize you can kill someone by other means. i knew o.j. simpson. we all played clue, professor cl could have killed somebody with the lead pipe. but far more homicides happen by gun. it's far easier to do it with a gun. although i never used the words second amendment or gun control, i used the words gun culture because that's what whitlock was referring to. >> and do you believe there is a gun culture in the nfl? >> absolutely, absolutely i do. i believe there is a gun culture in the country. i believe there is a gun culture in the nfl and else where in professional sports, which has to do with an attitude towards dw guns. which even if those guns are legally obtained would still
to be secretary of defense, will face many of his former colleagues this week as confirmation hearings. though congressman hagel has already taken income from many in his party, his critics see as sufficiently pro real. too quick to subject cuts at the pentagon. meantime, the current defense secretary leon panetta is making history on the way out the door. joining me now, retired u.s. army general stanley mcchrystal is the former commander in afghanistan. and former cia director and retired u.s. air force general michael hayden. i'm the only one without a military title this morning. i want to start out with chuck hagel because he's what's top on the minds of the pentagon. from what you know of chuck hagel, and he would be the first enlisted man ever to run the pentagon. the first vietnam vet, from what you know, what sort of reception would he get from the military? >> i think it would be fine. i know senator hagel, he was on my oversight committee when i was in the intelligence community. he was a member, and this is not a universal condition, he was a member that you could talk to, have an
, though, is largely due to cuts in defense spending which plunged from a year ago. all of the economists we spoke to said the underlying numbers say the economy is still growing. and today chuck hagel indicated he is ready to act in iran should diplomacy fail. hagel said the window is closing for diplomacy. the same committee holds a confirmation hearing for hagel. critics say he hasn't been tough enough on iran. what he said there mirrors everybody else. john avalon writes why those critics are outside the mainstream of policy. not chuck hagel. it's been 545 days since the u.s. lost it is top credit rating. what are we going to get it back? the federal reserve says blame it on the rain. economic growth has paused in recent month and blames the weather. they will continue the bond buying program. >>> the voices of newtown. right now family and friends of the victims of the town's devastating shooting are speaking before the final hearing of the connecticut legislatures bipartisan task force. it's on gun violence and school safety. it is the first hearing of that task force to be held in
a book, he was eager to sell it. >> it was self defense. >> reporter: oakley says they were leaving the club and there was a fight. there was a champagne bottle broken over oakley's head. >> i had no idea anybody got stabbed. >> so you didn't stab him? >> i didn't stab him. >> so how did he end up with the stab wounds? >> you have to read the book to find out. >> reporter: after the fight, lewis and his friends sped off in this limo. i was never clear how two end up in the fight with the other guys and two end up dead, right? nobody is ever convicted. and how they ended up with stab wounds? >> if you end up with stab wounds, what does that mean? somebody stabbed you. >> reporter: right, you were saying you were not the one that stabbed him. >> correct. >> reporter: so who could have stabbed him. >> you have to read the book and find out if i know or not. >> reporter: are you saying that somebody did it? >> you have to read the book. >> reporter: there are a lot of people who think you got away with murder. >> well, that is why i wrote the book, to clarify it. >> reporter: you know p
point of view, it was self-defense. >> reporter: oakley says they were leaving the club when the group started to fight. there was a champagne bottle broken over oakley's head. then there was mayhem. >> i had no idea anybody got stabbed. >> so you didn't stab him? >> no i didn't stab him. >> so how did he end up with the stab wounds if you're the one fighting him? >> you have to read the book to find out. >> reporter: after the fight, lewis and his entourage piled in his limo and sped off. i was never clear about how two guys end up with a fight with two other guys two of them end up dead, right? nobody is ever convicted. and how they ended up with stab wounds? >> if you end up with stab wounds, what does that mean? somebody stabbed you. >> reporter: right, you were saying you were not the one that stabbed him. >> correct. >> reporter: so who could have stabbed him? >> you have to read the book and find out if i know or not. >> reporter: are you saying that you know who did it? >> you have to read the book to find out. >> reporter: there are a lot of people who think you got away with
many people want to believe otherwise and say i'm just a defense lawyer. i'm a defense lawyer. i have been one for 42 years. and i have handled quite a few homicide cases. you have to deal with facts that are truthful whether you like them or not. you have to deal with the evidence. that's why we have rules of evidence. and we had a case that was hard fought. we didn't have a judge that was helping us. we had a judge that was very stern in that courtroom about his rulings. we had all of the media hype in the world, as you know, everybody condemning casey, proclaiming her guilt until the jury came in and as you said, shocked the world. my gosh, they looked objectively at it and those people who choose not to believe that are not going to change their minds because they have watched piers morgan and cheney mason saying that. i understand that. all i can say is stop and question. question authority. question the facts and say, okay, what did we miss that the jury got? this could go on forever. >> what is casey's relationship now with her family? obviously, the trial tore them all apart,
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